WATERVILLE -- Robert A. Bouthot, of Belgrade Road, Oakland, died very peacefully at a local hospital on Friday evening, April 26, 2013, after a long illness. Family was at his bedside when he passed away. He was born in Winslow, June 16, 1926, the son of Arthur and Josephine Bouthot.
Robert (Bob) was predeceased by his parents, Arthur J. and Josephine (Boucher) Bouthot; two brothers, Gerard and Fernand (Fritz) Bouthot; and one sister, Constance Bouthot. Bob was married to his beloved Gloria Hope Ruel, who passed away on Feb. 12, 1977. He is survived by his daughter Connie Grubbs and husband Larry; son Arthur Bouthot and wife Susan; daughter Carol Leclair and husband Mike; daughter Jean Sturtevant; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also blessed with nine grandchildren: Kimberly Weed, Shelly Pomerleau, Robert and Jasmine Bouthot, Michael, Brian, Leo and Timmy Leclair, and Tommy Sturtevant. He also has 10 great-grandchildren.
Bob graduated from Winslow High School on June 9, 1944, and was a member of the WHS marching band. Bob was also a World War II Army veteran, serving from Nov. 8, 1944 to Aug. 19, 1946. He achieved the rank of Tech 4. He served with the 36th Field Artillery Group and finished in the 175th Army Postal Unit. He was a life member of Waterville American Legion Bourque-Lanigan Post 5 for 67 years.
Bob worked as the assistant manager/manager for the A&P grocery store for more than 25 years; owned and operated his own grocery store and meat market, "Bob's Market," on West Street in Waterville; and worked at plant nurseries after moving to Florida in 1974. He moved back to the central Maine area in 1993.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 29, at the Veilleux Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Monument St. in Winslow. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Waterville. Services are under the care and direction of the Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901, www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com, 207-872-7676.